RFID & Wireless IoT Global

The e-magazine for users, integrators and developers of RFID & Wireless IoT

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  • Content: Interviews, user reports, statistics, trend evaluations, research results and technology know-how
  • Topics: Industrial IoT, Automotive, Logistics, Healthcare, Retail, Smart City, Security and Consumer IoT
  • Technologies: RFID, NFC, BLE, LPWAN, RTLS, WiFi, 4G/5G, GPS, ORM, SAW
04/2020 - Publication date: August 14th 2020

The Smart City follows three objectives: Energy efficiency, security and the best possible inclusion of its inhabitants. In numerous applications, wireless IoT technologies illustrate ways in which processes can be connected, streamlined and made transparent.

Recycling containers automatically report their filling level, parking spaces communicate whether they are free or occupied, and sensors control street lighting according to actual demand. Wireless IoT technologies are already the backbone of a Smart City today. If transparent data is available, process efficiency is increased, energy consumption is reduced, and the safety of residents is optimized.

The digital transformation of inner-city processes and services creates numerous interfaces for engaging residents. Active participation unfolds a multifaceted potential to make life in cities safer, healthier, and more convenient.


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Cover Story

RFID Security Features by NXP

RFID Security Features by NXP

Tag Authentication, Privacy Protection, Taper Detection, Memory Access Protection, Encrypted Communication, and a Secure Unique NFC Message ensure protection for the frequencies NFC, HF, and RAIN RFID.

Vehicle Identification

Passive UHF RFID Stickers in Road Traffic

Nationwide Vehicle Identification in Egypt

Within 5 years, around 10 million vehicles are to be tracked in Egypt in order to optimize traffic flow and increase safety.

Smart City Platform

Digitally Networked Cities

Digitally Networked Cities

A wide range of different Smart City applications are used in these 11 cities: Barcelona, Chicago, Columbus, Copenhagen, Dubai, London, Los Angeles, Oslo, Singapore, Santander, and Vienna.

Wireless Sensors

Sensors for a Smart City

Sensors for a Smart City

The omnipresence of sensor technology leads to profound economic and social transformations. How sensor technology works: Non-electrical parameters are converted into electrical signals. Thus, changes in the environment are precisely measured and monitored. The use of sensor technology is particularly useful in smart city applications.

Acesss Control

One Card for All

Dubai: One Card for All

In Dubai's Town Square, a luxury residential area, all services are combined. Residents and visitors now only need one card for all access or payment-related services.


Game Changer for Digital Transformations

LoRaWAN: Game Changer for Digital Transformations

Sensor and tracking solutions with long-range, low energy consumption, based on open standards and with numerous advantages for various economic sectors – all realized with LoRa networks.


Electric-Hydrogen Hybrid Drives for Waste Collection Vehicles

Electric-Hydrogen Hybrid Drives for Waste Collection Vehicles

Faun caused a stir in the industry in 2018 with the world premiere of newly developed 'Bluepower' electric hydrogen fuel cell powered waste collection vehicles. Since 2020, the first vehicles in regular operation have quietly been doing their job in German cities. Through the targeted use of sensor technology, Faun also intends to contribute to the implementation of smart city solutions in the areas of waste management and city cleaning.


Will 5G Replace the Previous Generation of Mobile Phones?

Will 5G Replace the Previous Generation of Mobile Phones?

In June 2019, the Federal Network Agency's auction for 5G frequencies in the 2 GHz and 3.6 GHz ranges came to an end. By the end of November 2019, the Federal Network Agency provided clarity on the application procedure for local 5G radio applications. Are the best prerequisites now in place to catapult the digitalization of industry and logistics to the next level at a tremendous rate with the data turbo?

Access Control

Bluetooth, Indoor RTLS, Fingerprint

Bluetooth, Indoor RTLS, Fingerprint by B-ID

Smart Cards with fingerprint sensors, Bluetooth cards for indoor RTLS – with innovative features, B-Id wants to distinguish itself on the card market from the "classic" smart card environment.

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Special Edition Laundry 4.0 – Publication date: September 1st 2020

More than 10,000 individual items can be cleaned, dried, sorted, ironed, folded, and redelivered within 60 minutes of delivery to an industrial laundry facility.

This volume is necessary because the laundry requirements of medical facilities or hotel businesses have significantly increased. Digitalization connects laundry technology and laundry items. Automation is transforming the laundry industry.

The entire management of the washing process and the logistics of textiles for hospitals or nursing homes, hotel laundry, workwear, cleaning textiles or dirt-trapping mats can be digitized and optimized cost-efficiently with RFID technology.

The special edition 'Laundries and Textile Logistics' explains which solution and which technology best suits the specific requirements.


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Textile Logistics with RFID

UHF RFID from Kathrein Solutions

Textile Logistics with UHF RFID from Kathrein Solutions

100% transparent processes for clear cost structures, hygienic laundry provision and maximum employee satisfaction.

Reusable textile cycle

Inventories and Investment Volumes Reduced

70,000 Reusable Laundry Items with UHF RFID at Wäscherei Stich

The Bremen laundry company Stich plans to double its tagged laundry cycle from 70,000 to 150,000 by the end of 2020.


Manual Errors Eliminated

Wäscherei Sicking: Optimizing Economic Efficiency and Machine Utilization

The laundry company Sicking shows how RFID technology can monitor processes more transparently. The scanning of barcodes and the effort required for counting are eliminated. Sorting errors are minimized. Overall, machine utilization and economic efficiency are optimized.

Laundry Dispensing with RFID

What Advantages do RFID Cabinets have to Offer?

EuroID Identifikationssysteme: What Advantages do RFID Cabinets have to Offer?

Jos Fransen, Managing Director of EuroID Identifikationssysteme explains why hygienic RFID cabinet solutions are booming, especially in the context of Covid-19. He presents solutions and explains which technology is most suitable for the respective situation.

Transmissable Infections

Health Research on Farm Animals

Friedrich-Löffler-Institut: Health Research on Farm Animals

The Friedrich-Löffler-Institut, conducts research on the health of farm animals and has a worldwide reputation in the investigation of animal diseases. The Institute's work focuses on infections that are transmissible between animals and humans.

Next Level Laundry

Clear and Automated Allocation of Laundry Items

Tagitron: Clear and Automated Allocation of Laundry Items

More comfort, less laundry loss, reliable deliveries, and overall streamlined and fast processes. The secret: Clear and automated allocation of laundry items.

Hotel Linen

RFID Shows its Worth From the First Room Cleaning

RFID Shows its Worth From the First Room Cleaning

Be it the Park Plaza in Nuremberg, the DoubleTree by Hilton in Warsaw or hotels of the PPHE Group across Europe – chain hotels of globally present hotel groups increasingly rely on RFID to optimize the management of textiles. Cloud-based analysis platforms show that RFID textile tracking is not just about reducing costs.

Individualized Residential Laundry

A Transparent Laundry Cycle in Seven Dormitories

Miele:Individualized Residential Laundry

The in-house laundry company in Hammelburg processes a total of around 70,000 individualized tagged laundry items. Around 750 kilograms of laundry accumulate every day.

NFC in Leather Suits

One Tap Can Save Lives

MASS Sports: One Tap Can Save Lives

Developed by racers for bikers worldwide: An NFC tag integrated into the motorcycle leather suit provides important information to assist first responders at the scene of an accident.

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Special Technologies Edition – Publication Date: September 2020

For the first time ever, this e-technology magazine will be published with current insights into the development of the latest readers, transponders, printers, and interesting installations. The focus lies on these technologies:

BLE, operating at 2.4 GHz, enables devices to send or receive data over distances of up to 100 meters. The solution-dependent energy technology guarantees a battery life of up to 10 years for the beacons.

SAW technology uses the surface acoustic wave effect. Ultrasonic signals are reflected at markings on the surface. SAW tags can even be used in applications at temperatures exceeding 300 degrees Celsius.

RFID and NFC are radio technologies. Hybrid designs make it possible to collect data with different devices.

Mobile networks such as 4G/5G offer data rates of up to 20 Gbit/s, increased frequency capacity and data throughput, real-time transmission, and latency times of less than 1 ms.

UWB is mainly used in RTLS applications on frequencies from 3.1 GHz to 10.6 GHz in short-range real-time indoor localization and tracking applications. WiFi-based RTLS can often use existing WiFi structures.

LPWAN technologies such as Sigfox, NB IoT or LoRaWAN are designed to enable communication over long distances (up to several kilometres) at a low bit rate between connected objects, such as battery-powered sensors.

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BLE Drives IoT with Mesh Features and Position Determination

BLE Drives IoT with Mesh Features and Position Determination

An energy-saving, versatile, integral part of smartphones and devices in industry, retail, and healthcare – BLE supports the networking of objects and people worldwide. Since the introduction of Version 5.1, the Bluetooth specification has for the first time included a direction-finding function – indoor positioning is now possible with centimeter accuracy.


Status Quo and Implemented Applications

5G: Status Quo and Implemented Applications

Real-time sensitive processes such as autonomous driving or smart industrial automation should be able to break completely new ground with 5G. How far has standardization progressed? What advantages are becoming feasible for industry and logistics? What is the added value of a private 5G license for companies?




Robots support the growing demand for batch size 1 production, which is to be (re-)established in central Europe in order to reduce long transport distances and give greater priority to sustainability. Epson has a broad portfolio of robots for industrial requirements.

AI Research

The DFKI Aims to Improve Health and Quality of Life

The DFKI Aims to Improve Health and Quality of Life

Intelligent technologies make everyday life easier through a networked infrastructure. Such an infrastructure can be found in the Bremen Ambient Assisted Living Lab (BAALL). In the laboratory, innovative technologies from various projects are tested, evaluated and transparently demonstrated to the public.

LF, HF, and UHF

RFID Hardware for All Frequencies

RFID Hardware for All Frequencies

As an OEM supplier for system integrators and sales partners worldwide, Feig Electronic has been developing innovative and technologically advanced readers and antennas for the frequencies LF (125 kHz), HF (13.56 MHz), and UHF (860-960 MHz) for more than 30 years.

Miniaturized Transponders

Just How Small Can It Be?

Miniaturized Transponders by NEOSID

Miniaturized RFID/NFC transponders for tough, industrial applications: In metal, in contact with aggressive liquids, at temperatures of up to 275 degrees Celsius.

System Integration

Efficient Integration and Control of IO-Link Devices

Efficient Integration and Control of IO-Link Devices

The FieldEcho from Sick enables parameterization and monitoring of all IO-Link devices in a plant throughout the entire life cycle – regardless of the PLC, fieldbus or IO-Link master used. FieldEcho communicates with a PLC via OPC UA.

Label Print Dispenser

Bluhm Systeme: Simple and Cost-Effective Solutions for Labeling Tasks

Bluhm Systeme: Simple and Cost-Effective Solutions for Labeling Tasks

Label printers and print dispensers for the processing of RFID labels are equipped with a read/write unit for the transponder. Via an interface, the data is transferred from the computer to the label printer, printed on the label, while the transponder is simultaneously programmed.

Secure Digitalization

Hospital Network Security

Hospital Network Security

In 2016, a Trojan horse put the Lukas Hospital in Neuss into a state of emergency. In an interview with RFID & Wireless IoT Global, Chief Digital Officer of the hospital, Dr. Klaus-Uwe Hoeffgen, reports on the lessons learned from the attack and the demands on IT and digitalization in the hospital.

Sensor Transponders

Implementable RFID Sensors

Implementable RFID Sensors

When the pressure in a patient's brain is too high, doctors used to implant an invasive shunt system into the head. This can lead to overdrainage. Until now, doctors have only been able to detect such an overdrainage by means of extensive CT or MRI examinations. For this challenge, a new intracranial pressure sensor has been developed at the Fraunhofer IMS.

Reader Development

Greater Performance, More Features

AEG ID: Reader Development

AEG ID has been developing RFID components – readers, antennas and transponders – in all frequencies for over 30 years. The company continuously presents innovative technological solutions that are used in future-oriented applications.

Smart Cards

Secure Solutions for 'New Work' Concepts

Secure Solutions for 'New Work' Concepts

Millions of smart cards are used worldwide for access control and security, as processes in the modern working world are increasingly becoming automated and digitalized. B-Id demonstrates why intelligent access control with smart cards and biometric data will still be state-of-the-art in 2020.

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